Unit Exam

analytical Essay
1557 words
1557 words

From the start of the American Civil War, 1860, until the end of the Reconstruction, 1877, the United States of America endured what can be considered a revolution. Prior to the year 1860, there was a lack of union because of central government power flourishing rather than state power. Therefore, there was a split of opposite sides, North and South, fighting for authority. One major issue that came into mind was of slavery. At first, there were enactments that were issued to limit or rather prevent conflict to erupt, such as the numerous compromises, Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850. They did not fulfill the needs of the states, South states in particular; therefore, in the year 1860, the Civil War had commenced. There was the issue of inequality of Blacks in suffrage, politics, and the use of public facilities. However, much constitutional and social advancement in the period culminated in the revolution. To a radical extent, constitutional development between 1860 and 1877 amount to a revolution because of events like the Emancipation Proclamation, Civil Rights Act, the amendments that tried to change African Americans lives in American Society and contributed to get the union together. There is the social developments as well that to a lesser extent had amounted to the revolution because of organizations like the Klu Klux Klan, Freedmen’s Bureau lacking, and discrimination against African Americans that caused progression of violence and white supremacy. In the beginning of the 1860s, there were constitutional developments that arose to a radical extent because it suffices the beliefs of American citizens with the issue over slavery. For instance, Abraham Lincoln taking hold of the presidency was an impacting ... ... middle of paper ... ...onstitutional developments between 1860 and 1877 amount to a revolution and to a lesser extent the social developments amounted to a revolution. The main issue with the period 1860 to 1877 was that the constitutional and social developments were supposed to meet the requirements that answered if the federal government would pass laws and protect the rights of African Americans or support the white supremacy. However, many can look at this certain period of the civil rights and the reconstruction as not revolutionary. It did cause a revolution to occur even though Blacks in a way were once again at the mercy of the whites. This can apply to Northern states and more so the Southern states. When concluding the years between 1860 and 1877, the progresses did create a revolution because white supremacy was questioned not only in the states but in the federal government.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the united states of america endured what can be considered a revolution from the start of the american civil war, 1860, until the end of reconstruction, 1877.
  • Explains that in the 1860s, there were constitutional developments that arose because it suffices the beliefs of american citizens with the issue of slavery.
  • Explains that the end of the civil war in 1865 caused the reconstruction to begin which had the thirteen amendment that illegalized hold of slaves.
  • Analyzes how the former slaves were treated unfairly in court and the court refused to listen to their testimony in 1865. the compromise of 1877 ended the reconstruction and was revolutionary.
  • Explains that the freedmen's bureau was established by congress immediately following the end of war to provide educational and economical services to former slaves and poor whites.
  • Explains that the civil rights act of 1866 was established to fight the black codes. the klu klux klan was a response to reports of violence in the south.
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